Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Daily: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Extended hours Memorial Day-Labor Day: Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Free Weekend Activities

Safari Backpacks   
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Hands-on Learning
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.


2019 Photography exhibit - “The Cycle of Life” 
Calling all photographers! Don’t miss your opportunity to enter our 2019 exhibition! Photographers may enter in one of three divisions: Youth, Amateur, and Professional. Each photographer may enter one photo for each category: General Photography and Macro Photography.

Free Nature Programs   
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs. 

Monarch Butterfly Fall Migration       
Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23 (self-directed)  
Discover how this fragile butterfly makes an annual migration of thousands of miles.

Carnivorous Plants 
Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30 (self-directed)
Learn about the five species of carnivorous plants native to the state as well as other species from around the world.

Butterfly and Pollinator Garden Tours     
Thursdays, September 13, 20 & 27 at 11 a.m.      
This special garden is beautiful and designed to provide habitat for wildlife. Get a personal tour and meet the native plants which make it a home. Tours are approximately 30 minutes and may be cancelled due to rain.    

Monarch Butterfly Tagging Demo
Wednesday, September 12; Saturday, September 22; & Wednesday, September 26 at 12 p.m.   
Monarch butterflies begin their epic migration to Mexico each fall. Scientists learn about their journey by attaching small tags to their wings. Come see how it’s done. If you’re lucky, you may get to release a monarch on it’s way.
Please Note: Releases are dependent on weather and availability of butterflies. Call 732-751-9453 for more information.

Fall Leaves 
Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7 (self-directed)
Learn about the fall leaves and the processes responsible.

Turtle Meet & Greet 
Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14 at 1:30 p.m. 
Meet one of our resident turtles.   

Creature Feature 
Saturday & Sunday, October 20 & 21 (self-directed)
Learn about animal adaptation and make your very own creature creation.

Nature Nightmares
Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28 (self-directed)
Explore some of nature's creepier critters - zombie ants to vampire bats.






  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
  • State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.